In February, filmmaker Johannes List visited me in Berlin to produce this short portrait video for the prize ceremony of the Ernst von Siemens Komponistenpreis, which I was awarded at the beginning of May. I am so grateful for the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. We are currently working on a new CD of my recent works for large ensemble and orchestra for release next year. I can’t wait to share them with you!
It is a great honor to be awarded the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize 2018.
This prize enables me to take the time I need to compose, think, and make careful decisions. It releases some of the pressure this job builds, and allows me to slow down. I could not be thankful enough for being given this enormous privilege.
I am so honored to have been awarded the Hindemith-Preis 2018 and am looking forward to attending the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where on July 23rd 2018 the award ceremony will take place.
On October 9, the Arditti Quartet will premiere my latest piece, dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii), at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), as part of the 46th edition of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Much gratitude to the Festival d’Automne, who commissioned the piece, to the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and the Proquartet Association for their support, and to Jan Bernstein, who built the buzzing machines.
I hope to see you at the concert!
[photo Jan Bernstein]
Last year I had the privilege of recording my piano trio Il colore dell’ombra with Longleash during a residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC).
It was pure joy! Jeffrey Svatek and Todd Vos, our sound engineers, took great care of the music, and I could not ask for better conditions.
Pala Garcia, John Popham, and Renate Rohlfing, my dear friends of Longleash, are releasing their debut album, Passage, on September 22, 2017. The CD, coming out on New Focus Recordings, includes works by Christopher Trapani, Yukiko Watanabe, Juan De Dios Magdaleno, Francesco Filidei, and myself.
You can oder it here. I hope you will enjoy it!
I have been treated with so much respect by the people working at Peters. I am honored to be part of this family, and I look forward to our future projects!
On October 13th, the Münchener Kammerorchester premiered my latest piece dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii) at the Prinzregententheater, in Munich (Germany). Working with these musicians led by Clemens Schuldt has been pure joy, and I could not be happier about the result we achieved after a week of rehearsals.
I would like to thank Musica femina münchen e.V. and the MKO for giving me the opportunity and the privilege of writing this piece!
Radio BR Klassik will broadcast the whole concert on October 20, at 20:00pm (Munich time). Here is the link to hear the concert.
[Photo: F. Ganslmeier]
I am happy and honored to announce that my portrait CD A Failed Entertainment has been chosen by the German Record Critics’ Prize for the Bestenliste 2/2016 in the contemporary music category. It has been a long, amazing journey and I would like to thank once again the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm and Julia Gerlach, RZ edition, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, and all the fantastic musicians who made this project possible.
You can find the CD here, or here, or on Amazon, and you can even listen to some excerpts on this website.